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Emotional Health Tip: How to Remain Calm in a Crisis

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In the face of danger or catastrophe, it is instinctive to react with a “fight or flight” response. In order to be more fight, than flight (unless of course you find yourself alone in a burning building, then you should absolutely run), according to a Women’s Health article, here’s how to react positively and not completely crumble regardless of whether it is a medical diagnosis or you witness a shocking event:

1. Live a meaningful life – Knowing what’s important to you and what you need to survive can help in times of crisis to keep you moving forward.

2. Create a plan of action – many people report going into “tunnel vision” in the face of danger. They act without thinking, and seem to just know what to do. Being prepared for a crisis can help you get through it better.

3. Breathe – Really stop. Just breathe for a second, and then act, so you can have composure.

4. Use positive talk to get yourself through the crisis or catastrophe – Telling your self, “I can do this,” can get you far when needed.

5. Live in the moment – When in a storm, it’s not the time to think, “What if?” Mindfully focus on what needs to be done to get through the crisis.

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Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.

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